Politics Nation's All Sharpton let Newt Gingrich have it after the now GOP presidential frontrunner doubled down on his prior statements where he called child labor laws stupid and said that unionized school janitors should be terminated in favor of poor school children taking their place to keep their schools cleaned.
As Sharpton rightfully pointed out, there are 45 million working poor in America and 22 million children in poverty, and there are another 51 million that are working just above the poverty line, but Gingrich wants to paint them all as a bunch of lazy slackers looking for a handout with no work ethic and drug dealers.
SHARPTON: 100 million poor Americans are not poor because they don't want to work. They don't come home with cash because they did something illegal. They come home with too little cash because their wages are too low, because their jobs are being outsourced, because they're being laid off. Yes, there's illegal activity in poor communities, but most poor people are working everyday. I grew up in a poor neighborhood. People worked everyday. They got on subways everyday. Did they have poor people in our neighborhood that did things wrong? Yes. But I didn't meet the real crooks Newt, until I got downtown.
Amen Rev. What's amazing is that we're supposed to believe that Gingrich actually thinks it's going to help him win the GOP primary to do something like this and go about one inch shy of just outright calling black people lazy niggers, which is what he did here. This wasn't a dog whistle. It was a siren. And it was meant to inflame people like Sharpton, and liberals or anyone else who's not just openly racist in the United States and would dare to speak out about it.
I have a theory on why he did this and maybe I'm wrong and I'm happy if others disagree because this is just that, a theory, but I've felt from day one about Gingrich's candidacy as a lot of others have, that he's just trying to raise his profile so he can sell more books and pick up more speaking engagements to keep the money pouring in for Newt Inc. I think this is his way of trying to make sure he doesn't win the nomination but remains relevant with the conservative crowd, and that he just intentionally sabotaged his campaign and new frontrunner status with this latest move.
As I said, I may very well may be wrong, but I believe he's just a grifter like Palin and Herman Cain, and really does not want to either win the GOP nomination or be president. I think he's happy with his life making fools out of the people who send him money and living a posh lifestyle with his wife and taking off to Greece at a moments notice for some time on the beach.
What will really be amusing as I pointed out when Joe Scarborough looked like he was ready to lose his mind when Newt started moving up in the polls, is if it back fires and the Republican base is actually insane enough to vote for him and he wins some early primary races. As I said then, if that happens, pass the popcorn. The reaction from the pundits on the right will be if nothing else, fun to watch as more of their heads implode over the thought of Gingrich winding up as the Republican nominee.
Here's more on Newt's latest not so thinly veiled racist remarks.
Responding to controversial comments he made about child labor in late November at Harvard University, Newt Gingrich today told a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, that children in poor neighborhoods have “no habits of working and nobody around them who works.”
Gingrich was asked by an audience member to clarify the comments he made last month in which he called the current child labor laws ”stupid” and would replace janitors with schoolchildren to work in the community school.
“They have no habit of showing up on Monday and staying all day or the concept of ’I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich said that successful people he knows started work early by doing small jobs like babysitting and shoveling snow.
“You have a very poor neighborhood. You have students that are required to go to school. They have no money, no habit of work,” Gingrich said. “What if you paid them in the afternoon to work in the clerical office or as the assistant librarian? And let me get into the janitor thing. What if they became assistant janitors, and their job was to mop the floor and clean the bathroom?”
During that same speech, Gingrich also talked about his twelve year old granddaughter telling him that she had saved up all her money for the last eight months to buy an iPad and that poor kids should be more like his granddaughter. As Sharpton rightfully pointed out, most poor kids could save for eight months or eight years and still not have enough money for that luxury and those kids living in poverty he's attacking are not fortunate enough to have been born into a family with the kind of money the Gingrich's have.